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Show Us Your Bul!

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by German Trick, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum Supporter

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    :nod

    I paid $1500 for my "restored" 74 Alpina (that had just had the tank painted) back in 1998. In the intervening 20 years, it's only traveled <1/4 mile under its own power, but I've got way more than $1500 satisfaction just looking at it and realizing I own the bike I could only dream about in 1974.

    I've since bought an electronic ignition and a carb with a choke (two essential items for a good running Alpina according to Bud) and I intend to get it running when I'm finished with my Sherpa.
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  2. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum Supporter

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    You and me, both

    My dad grew up in Las Vegas. We used to spend Christmas or thanksgiving, and many summers there as kids. When my older brother was old enough to drive, we used to go out to an MC place that catered to desert racers. They had all kinds of cool stuff there, but I always gravitated to the Bultacos.

    Until I saw it.

    One day, among the Ossas, Greeves, Montessas, etc. was an Alpina blue zinc-plated framed Rickman Matisse with a Bultaco engine. I've never been the same.

    I still hope to build one with one of the replica frames some day.
  3. aptbldr

    aptbldr easy rider

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    Back then, late '60s, recall Bultacos & Ossas as oily-dirty engines.
    Tickler carb?
    It's dawned on me that the beauties shared here are missing that period-petrol-patina once associated with the Spanish & German moto-crossers.
  4. Sno Dawg

    Sno Dawg Long timer

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    1973 Bultaco Alpina 350 model 99
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    just picked this up and got it running today
    titled and needs some work
    the pic makes it look a lot cleaner than it is but it is mine!!
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  5. Sno Dawg

    Sno Dawg Long timer

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    It sounds like a Bultaco - Got it started! - sorry for the poor quality

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  6. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Wow, that really brings back fond memories of all the time I spent around 2-strokes like that back in the '60's-70's!
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  7. Sno Dawg

    Sno Dawg Long timer

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    Ha ha - I bet you could almost smell that two-stroke exhaust smell that permeates everything. I will get a better video of startup and ride when I have my wife around to film it. The 350 pulls nicely and I bet I can get this old bike to run and shift pretty smoothly. It is really loud right now, but I love the sound of that twangy two-stroke!

    Sno Dawg
  8. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Yes I actually DID smell it. It's Castrol isn't it?!?!
  9. Sno Dawg

    Sno Dawg Long timer

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    Nailed it!

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  10. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum Supporter

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    I agree with both arguments. Don built a beautiful bike. There's a ton of "patina-ed" Buls out there. Don's is unique.

    Luckily, I have two Buls. My 199a I'm leaving "as-is." Bought well-used from a vintage trials rider on eBay. My Alpina I'm going to keep a garage Queen (although I will ride it). Stock, but with Patina removed. (It didn't have much when I bought it, as the tank and frame had just been repainted. Thinking if stripping it, though and doing a Rickman zinc-plating treatment to it.)

    Got the Sherpa running a few nights ago, after 12 years in storage.



    In the process of getting it cleaned out and fired up, I stuck a borescope down the spark plug hole. Originally concerned about gouges in the cylinder wall but greatly relieved when I focused in and they turned out to be cross-hatching from a recent rebuild.
  11. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD! Supporter

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    I like the word "patina", I think that's how I'll describe my bike from now on, it sounds so much better than "beat to rat crap".
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  12. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum Supporter

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    275 lb rider? :dunno









    :hide

    Good luck next year. I've always been fascinated by LSR. And living 100 miles from Bonneville, it's been a life-long dream. You may have inspired me with what to do with my box of 66 Ducati Monza bits.
  13. snarlyjohn

    snarlyjohn Human money repellant

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    Not yet.
    But I'm working on it...
  14. jm-2008

    jm-2008 Been here awhile

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    Certain this featured on YouTube having a dice at the Philip Island Classic this year - great piece of footage taken from the other bike.

    JM-2008
  15. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Long timer

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    Patina bike:
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    Decades of storage and nothing done, (Bet up is worse):
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    Close up (still patina + dust'n rust collection):

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  16. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    I don't have age spots; my complexion has developed a wonderful patina.
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  17. dpforth

    dpforth no inline fours

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    Sure, and I'm not old, I'm vintage.
  18. snarlyjohn

    snarlyjohn Human money repellant

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    Speed Week 2019 is all over. The little Bul seized at the two mile mark on its one and only run, but oddly enough it was the best and most encouraging SW ever for me. Here's why:

    Quite a bit of work was done to the bike over the last 12 months (pipework, intake ducting, new carb etc.) and it showed good gains on the dyno. But I wasn't expecting it to behave like it did on the track.

    The old tendency for the power to flatten off with increasing speed is gone, it just keeps on pulling. When it started to stick the piston it was doing around 150 - 155mph in fourth gear and still pulling very strongly. I think a top speed of 160 - 170mph isn't being unrealistic.

    On the downside the power delivery is extremely abrupt. On reaching the beginning of the powerband it just wheelspins and the rpms instantly go to about 10500. No matter how careful you are it does this every time, even at 120mph. Some ballast may help otherwise I'll just live with it.

    So I never completed a timed run and the record set on the little Bul last year still stands. But I was so pleased with the little engines performance I really didn't care too much. About all that's needed now is a bit more piston clearance to overcome the cold seizure problem..

    Edit: The seizure had nothing to do with piston clearance and everything to do with my own stupidity. Flakes of paint in the fuel (from a carelessly painted tank) partially blocked the main jet.

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  19. m143

    m143 wobbler

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    M85, well used long time woods bike, a favorite.

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  20. Rich B

    Rich B Long timer Supporter

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    I really like my M138 for a woods bike
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